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  •  It may not work that way (0+ / 0-)

    But I doubt being dismissive of the diplomats very real concerns considering the way this embassy was built is appropriate either. The way their concerns are being dismissed cold-bloodedly speaks to how poorly Condi Rice is managing her staff.

    Bullying and belittling people and their problems is no way to run the State Dept. It's the attitude that bothers me, not the facts of their service.

    Better the occasional faults of a party living in the spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a party frozen in the ice of its own indifference-JFK

    by vcmvo2 on Thu Nov 01, 2007 at 10:37:29 AM PDT

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    •  What might Condi say? (1+ / 0-)
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      I believe it was last week that the Secretary of State was being questioned about Blackwater mercenaries shooting the bodyguard of a top Iraqi official, and she said that things like that happen in a war zone.  When she was told that the shooting happened in the green Zone, she said something to the effect that things are unsafe in the Green Zone as well.

      So, the people who work for the country running our embassies and consulates overseas are being told they can either throw their career away or move to a place where it's so chaotic that the American controlled part of the country is basically a war zone.  I'm not sure that's a fair thing to ask of them.  I work in an inner city school with severely emotionally disturbed teenagers (several are diagnosed psychopaths).  Gangs and drugs are a serious problem here.  The school and police work hard to keep us safe, so I come to work everyday.  If I were told that armed groups were killing people and there wasn't much the school could do but wish me luck, I'd quit and hope to find another job.  it would be a hardship and I'd hate leaving.  That's the position they seem to be in.  "Do you want to serve your country enough that you are willing to die?"

      •  Exactly! (0+ / 0-)

        Very well said and your anecdote explained my position better than I had done. Plus I think compassion is a virtue. ;-)

        Better the occasional faults of a party living in the spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a party frozen in the ice of its own indifference-JFK

        by vcmvo2 on Thu Nov 01, 2007 at 07:04:32 PM PDT

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